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Britain's Slave Empire
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Britain's Slave Empire

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Britain's Slave Empire by James Walvin

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This book describes the history of how the 'Africa Trade' formed the backbone of the British Empire. The British Empire carried more Africans into bondage across the Americas than any other nation. Not only did the British slavers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries do most to hone the art of the 'Africa Trade', it also benefited financially more than any of its competitors. Britain became 'Great' on the backs of millions of slaves. James Walvin, well known for his work on the history of slavery, retells the story of how the international commodity market in Africans operated, how transportation of millions of Africans over thousands of miles developed and how the experience affected slaves both in bondage and then in freedom. Walvin presents a new account of the critical relationship between slavery and the changing course of Britain's cultural and economic life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752444277
ISBN-10: 0752444271
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Tempus Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Walvin

James Walvin is Professor of History at the University of York. He has written extensively on the history of slavery and is the author of Black Ivory: A History of Black Slavery ('Narrative history at its best' The Daily Telegraph, 'Black Ivory takes its place alondside Roy Foster's Modern Ireland and Simon Schama's Citizens as representing the best in recent narrative history' TLS), and A Short History of Slavery (Penguin 2007). He lives in York.

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